Anton Andres / CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | September 21, 2017 14:37
The 2019 Audi Q8, inside and out
As Audi continues working on their new flagship SUV, the Q8, our spies have snapped the interior of the said crossover, along with new detail photos. The German automaker dubs the Q8 as a 'full-size crossover with coupe styling' which is likely to be fully revealed sometime in 2018.
With our spies managing to take a full shot of the dashboard, we see an interior that is unique to this car. The previous car had a rudimentary infotainment screen and climate control panel. Now, all these parts are now fully integrated into the dash. The face of the dash is finished in gloss black and just above the trim are slim air-conditioning vents, following the form of the A4 sedan. Also, the infotainment touchscreen is flush with the dashboard fascia. Lastly, the climate control screen is located just below the infotainment system, giving the driver interface a near button-less design.
There is slightly less camouflage for this particular Q8 test car, showing off some details which are seen in the concept version shown earlier this year. The headlight area appears to look similar to past photos but a closer look reveals a different panel just under the lights. In the concept, that panel served as extra air intakes on each side. This also hints that the signature Single Frame grill will have a much thicker border compared to its more upright sibling, the Q7.
While the sides are still draped in the swirl pattern, there is a bit more revealing cues at the rear. For starters, there are no more covers on the tail lights, giving a clearer view of its LED signature. Another new detail popping up is a recessed panel which gives the crossover a more chiseled look. Also seen are creases on each corner of the bumper while the hidden exhaust pipes suggests that this is a TDI model.
Expect the Q8 to be powered by the same range of engines found in the Q7. That means an option of a supercharged V6 TFSI motor or a V6 TDI. An eight-cylinder option is also slated to join the lineup courtesy of the Porsche Panamera's 4.0-liter V8. Power figures for the said V8 are yet to be confirmed but our spies have said that it will be in the 500 to 600 PS range. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Q8 will also get a plug-in hybrid powertrain.